Monday, March 22, 2021

Myth number 7) Strength training just takes too long and I have to go too often - I don't have time!

Myth number 7) Strength training just takes too long and I have to go too often - I don't have time!

When I here this one, it's safe to make the assumption that this woman has trained with a man who fancies him self as a bit of a bodybuilder and has been exposed to the multi day split system of training. With the split training system, different muscles are trained on different days e.g. Monday is legs, Tuesday is chest, Wednesday is back, Thursday is shoulders, and Friday is arms (ready for a weekend out in town wearing a T shirt 2 sizes too small!). This type of training is fine for bodybuilders but for the majority of exercisers it requires way too much time in the gym.

The average exerciser should seldom adopt a split training programme and instead stick to whole body weight training sessions where the body is exercised as a single synergistic unit. Whole body training is time efficient, easy to plan and requires only 2-3 hours of gym time a week, leaving lots of time to do other things.



By using exercises which are deemed to be "compound" i.e. there is movement at more than on joint, we can work multiple muscle groups at the same time. By way of an example, to work the lower body effectively using isolation exercises (an exercise where movement is limited to one joint only) you would have to perform 6 exercises ... leg extensions, leg curls, hip extensions, hip adductions, hip abductions and calf raises. Or, we could just do squats. Weight training really can be that simple and straight forward.

It is possible to train the entire body using just 6 exercises and still have time to perform some cardio or core work and be finished in an hour or less. Organise the 6 exercises into a circuit and you have an amazingly effective fat burning/cardio workout in the time it takes the average male trainer to do his guns workout!

So ladies, leave those split routines to the bodybuilders. Smart woman do whole body workouts.

πŸ‘‰ Introduction : Women, Weight and Weight Training
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 1) Strength training will cause big, bulky muscles and make woman look masculine.
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 2) To lose weight, I need to do lots of cardio.
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 3) To tone up I need to do lots of reps with a light weight.
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 4) Free weights for men, machines for women.
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 5) Muscle turns to fat when you stop training - I don't want that to happen to me!
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 6) Strength training makes muscles short and bulky - I want long slender muscles like a dancer so I do yoga instead.
πŸ‘‰ Myth number 7) Strength training just takes too long and I have to go too often - I don't have time!
πŸ‘‰ Myth 8) I can't strength train because I have back/knees/shoulder pain.

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